Galerie St. Etienne
As has become traditional, the Galerie St. Etienne’s summer exhibition features RECENT ACQUISITIONS while also recapping highlights of the past season. Works by self-taught artists make a particularly strong showing this year. The gallery has been fortunate in acquiring several major Grandma Moses paintings, as well as a selection of "new" works by Henry Darger, Minnie Evans, John Kane, Nellie Mae Rowe, Ellis Ruley and Bill Traylor. The exhibition also includes a good selection of works by European Art Brut ("outsider") artists, such as Anselme Boix-Vives, Michel Nedjar, Sava Sekulic, Scottie Wilson, Carlo Zinelli, and two recently discovered Russians, Pavel Leonov and Vasilij Romanenkov.
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Expressionism, the Galerie St. Etienne’s primary field of expertise, is naturally a mainstay of the summer presentation. With major works by the Austrian and German Expressionists increasingly hard to come by, the gallery is pleased to have acquired a broad array of pieces by such artists as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Oskar Kokoschka, Otto Mueller and Egon Schiele. The gallery is also continuing its involvement with women Expressionists, such as Hannah Höch, Käthe Kollwitz, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Jeanne Mammen, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Alice Sommer. Long underrated, these women artists are surprisingly accessible.
RECENT ACQUISITIONS is documented by a comprehensive checklist, which is available free of charge upon request. The accompanying essay contains the Galerie St. Etienne’s annual "state of the market" report, which this year focuses on the major auction houses.